Apologies for the lack of blogging September seemed to pass in a blur. I started back in work part time, Phoebe began nursery and George entered Year 1. So many changes and a completely new routine for us all to get our heads around. Mix in a few bugs (of the sickness variety), crazy blood pressure and two new gyms on the horizon and The Hastings house has been manic!
We are getting there though and settling in to the new academic year. My next challenge in order to gain medal no 13 and the next event under my belt was the Shine Marathon Walk. 26.2 miles around London, starting at 9.20pm, what on earth were Kate and I thinking when we signed up. I’m not great with little sleep at the best of times and on this particular Saturday I had a trustees meeting in the morning. This meant being on a train at 6.50am!! I fell asleep, I haven’t done that for a long time. I had the great honour of standing in as the chair of the meeting and yet again it was so fantastic to be part of the team discussing the charity and everything that is happening presently. It also reminded me of the reason I am continuing with this crazy challenge of 20 events in 10 months. ICP Support helped us through both pregnancies and ensured we had healthy babies, by raising money I am helping to keep the charity supporting the women who are constantly being affected by this condition.
Anyway I digress, I managed to grab a couple of hours sleep in the afternoon before I met Kate at Paddington and we headed for dinner, it had rained all day, it was cold and windy. Vile weather and it didn’t look to be improving. We headed to the start, put our bags into bag drop and got ready to begin. It was great to begin with, we had so much to catch up on, we talked and talked and talked. Even through the rain and cold, we stopped at the pit stops and grabbed drinks etc and we clocked every mile in picture form. Hitting 13 miles half way at 1.30am was an extremely good feeling. This however is probably the latest I have stayed up to for a good while. A coffee to fuel and we continued. It did get harder as the time got later (earlier) and the miles went on. I must admit we appeared to become less chatty and walking down oxford street at 3am with all those leaving their nights out is always a strange mix!
Mile 20 and I hit a wall, I could feel a lot of pain coming from my right foot and knee and it suddenly became a lot harder. Those last 6 miles were hell, I was exhausted, in pain, cold and wet. I have never been so pleased to see a finish line! 6.23am and we crossed it. The mistake then was that we sat down!!! The pain hit me, when I tried to get up my blood pressure also went nuts and I nearly passed out several times. The 400m walk to a taxi was excruciating. I’m still not sure how I made it back to Reading on the train! My amazing dad came and picked me up and I went home to bed!! I was in agony Sunday night leading in to Monday and knew something wasn’t right.
I went to my chiropractor Monday evening and she confirmed I had sustained an injury, my foot was completely out of line which had meant my knee in turn and back had been Jarred considerably. Under strict instructions to rest Amy also said I was unable to run for at least two weeks. Gutted as it meant I had to pull out of the Windsor 10km. So event 13 actually became event 14 as I had completed the virtual ICP 5km the beginning of September and my medal arrived the end of the month. It couldn’t have been better timed as I felt I had let people down by not completing the windsor event. Having forgotten about the 5km! I’m hoping people agree the virtual will count.
Kate and I have also agreed the next time we want to catch up we are booking into a spa!
This has also put in jeopardy my Great South Run as I just haven’t been able to complete the right training for a 10mile run so I am currently desperately searching for another event in October!
I’ve got to say I’ve really missed running and I can’t wait to get back out there.
Please don’t forget you can sponsor me on my page and help motivate me to finish this challenge. 6 events remaining. I can do this.
Thank you for all your support.